$500 Gran Turismo 5 Racing Wheel Roars Down the Track

$500 Gran Turismo 5 Racing Wheel Roars Down the Track

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You may have boiled over with rage every time it was delayed and squeed with delight when it finally came out, but you're not a serious Gran Turismo fan until you take home one of the hot, sexy and super-expensive new racing wheels coming soon from Thrustmaster.

Thrustmaster, as you may know, builds controllers. The company is legendary among gamers of a certain age and bent as a maker of of top-quality controller systems like the current-gen HOTAS Warthog joystick, and soon its stable will be joined by a Gran Turismo 5 racing wheel that makes all others look pale in comparison.

The T500RS racing wheel uses the same HEART (Hall Effect AccuRate Technology) system that's in the Warthog throttles, using 3D magnetic sensors with the "surgical precision" of 16 bit resolution, with "65,536 values on the steering." It's also crazy expensive: word on the street, according to Engadget, is that the base model wheel - that is, without the optional H-pattern shifter - is going to list for $500. As the promo teaser says, this is "a wheel that not just anyone should get their hands on."

500 bucks for a game controller? I'm as much a fan of realism as the next guy, but that's a bit much. On the other hand, Thrustmaster clearly isn't aiming these beasts at the mass market and you're not very likely to just pick one up off the shelf at Walmart. Fortunately for demanding gamers who don't have quite that much bulge in their budget, there's another officially-licensed Gran Turismo wheel on the market from Logitech that's still impressive, if not quite as jaw-dropping: the Driving Force GT, a force-feedback wheel with integrated shifter that goes for just $150. And 150 clams suddenly doesn't sound so bad, does it?

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There is no way I would ever consider 500 dollars for a wheel...Unless its for my ACTUAL CAR. haha So insane...I doubt I'd even spend 150 dollars for a game that I already spent 60 dollars on.

Mr.Pandah:
There is no way I would ever consider 500 dollars for a wheel...Unless its for my ACTUAL CAR. haha So insane...I doubt I'd even spend 150 dollars for a game that I already spent 60 dollars on.

$500 for an actual wheel is too much.

I'll be maybe picking this game up from the bargain bin in a year or so.

What is "squeed"?

*And does the wheel make the game better, like OSD, AI and textures?

Pirate Kitty:

Mr.Pandah:
There is no way I would ever consider 500 dollars for a wheel...Unless its for my ACTUAL CAR. haha So insane...I doubt I'd even spend 150 dollars for a game that I already spent 60 dollars on.

$500 for an actual wheel is too much.

I'll be maybe picking this game up from the bargain bin in a year or so.

I understand that, its just I rather have something that will actually benefit me in some fashion. A 500 dollar wheel...after I'm done with Gran Turismo would just...seem like the biggest waste to me, but to each their own I suppose. heh.

Mr.Pandah:

Pirate Kitty:

Mr.Pandah:
There is no way I would ever consider 500 dollars for a wheel...Unless its for my ACTUAL CAR. haha So insane...I doubt I'd even spend 150 dollars for a game that I already spent 60 dollars on.

$500 for an actual wheel is too much.

I'll be maybe picking this game up from the bargain bin in a year or so.

I understand that, its just I rather have something that will actually benefit me in some fashion. A 500 dollar wheel...after I'm done with Gran Turismo would just...seem like the biggest waste to me, but to each their own I suppose. heh.

Yeah. Some people pay money for a Wii, lol. Guess some will pay for anything :P

Eh, I'd just go for the $300 Logitech G27, which comes with an H-pattern gearlever as standard. Then again, I'd be hooking it up more often to PC racing simulators, which benefit a lot from having a good steering wheel. My €60 steering wheel only comes with 270 degrees of rotation, which will do, but isn't as good as I'd optimally like it.

500 dollars? I could buy gifts for the whole family. I'll just get a cheap one if any.

What's the rotation radius on this wheel? If it can't compete with the G25/G27's 900 degree rotation, then it's just an overpriced hunk of junk in my opinion.

I think I'll stick with my G25, thanks.

500 dollars?!

For that price I can buy an actual car and convert that into a game lounge!

Pirate Kitty:

Mr.Pandah:

Pirate Kitty:

$500 for an actual wheel is too much.

I'll be maybe picking this game up from the bargain bin in a year or so.

I understand that, its just I rather have something that will actually benefit me in some fashion. A 500 dollar wheel...after I'm done with Gran Turismo would just...seem like the biggest waste to me, but to each their own I suppose. heh.

Yeah. Some people pay money for a Wii, lol. Guess some will pay for anything :P

How often are you going to be doing this Wii sucks thing? Most people are over it.

TestECull:
500 dollars?!

For that price I can buy an actual car and convert that into a game lounge!

Speaking of, I wonder why no one has ever done this outside of the Daytona racing arcade machines....

Freebird.:

Pirate Kitty:

Mr.Pandah:

I understand that, its just I rather have something that will actually benefit me in some fashion. A 500 dollar wheel...after I'm done with Gran Turismo would just...seem like the biggest waste to me, but to each their own I suppose. heh.

Yeah. Some people pay money for a Wii, lol. Guess some will pay for anything :P

How often are you going to be doing this Wii sucks thing? Most people are over it.

Oh no! I has a stalker! A stalker who doesn't understand what an opinion is. How intriguing.

Andy Chalk:
The company is legendary among gamers of a certain age

Seriously. Thrustmaster are gods when it comes to joysticks. Back when people actually played (and companies actually made) games like X-Wing and Wing Commander, a Thrustmaster joystick was the pinnacle of gaming back then.

I wish I could have afforded one back in the day, and now, it's just a waste as no games would ever use it anymore.

I lost track of Thrustmaster years ago but I coveted an FLCS/WCS combo for years, back in the day. I settled for a very nice CH F16/Pro Throttle/pedals setup which served me well for years (and which I still have, although it's basically useless at this point) but sadly my flight simmming days are behind me, so there's no way I can justify something similar in a current setup. I don't take driving sims nearly seriously enough to justify even the Driving Force GT; I've got a Wingman FFB wheel I hardly ever use and it's plenty enough for me.

Short version: Thrustmaster doesn't dick around.

Pirate Kitty:

Freebird.:

Pirate Kitty:

Yeah. Some people pay money for a Wii, lol. Guess some will pay for anything :P

How often are you going to be doing this Wii sucks thing? Most people are over it.

Oh no! I has a stalker! A stalker who doesn't understand what an opinion is. How intriguing.

Quoting 2 posts is stalking now? Admittedly, knowing you used to be the equally annoying Cassita might be.

And it sounds like you're the one who doesn't know what an opinion is. I mean come on, read back that comment about the Wii and tell me it doesn't sound elitist.

Pirate Kitty:

Mr.Pandah:

Pirate Kitty:

$500 for an actual wheel is too much.

I'll be maybe picking this game up from the bargain bin in a year or so.

I understand that, its just I rather have something that will actually benefit me in some fashion. A 500 dollar wheel...after I'm done with Gran Turismo would just...seem like the biggest waste to me, but to each their own I suppose. heh.

Yeah. Some people pay money for a Wii, lol. Guess some will pay for anything :P

And buying a Wii is a bad thing? Oh no. I made a mistake then. I mean the Wii's been my primary system for 4 years now and it's been a mistake all along.

NOOOB1:

TestECull:
500 dollars?!

For that price I can buy an actual car and convert that into a game lounge!

Speaking of, I wonder why no one has ever done this outside of the Daytona racing arcade machines....

People do. Hell I remember playing a NASCAR game on a bunch of converted Cub Cadet lawn tractors back in high school. They rigged the hydrostatic control to throttle, the brake to brake, steering was obvious, the cars were auto trans, and they had LCDs taped to the hoods so you could see what you were doing. It was fun.

They were there because my school has Ag Days, where a bunch of people show up with ag related stuff. I suppose the NASCAR game played on lawn tractors is 'ag' because southern farmers like Nascar and Cub Cadet? Idunno but I spent four hours on those things.

 

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